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When Mark Windebank signed for a two under 68 in his second and final round to go with his opening 71 little did he contemplate that it would see him win the championship.
At that time the overnight leader, Adrian Morrow was dueling it out with Michael Quirke (Doneraile) for top spot with both players -4 for the tournament with five holes to play.
For Morrow it was a pair of triple bogey 7s that proved his undoing at the par four 11th & 13th between which he had a birdie three on 12, but he finished any remaining chances of a win with a six on the 16th.
Quirke was coasting along nicely until three dropped shots on holes 14, 17 & 18 saw him drop back to -1 and a closing round of 71 which would see the title go to Windebank on the countback.
The Connacht Veterans Over 65's Fred Perry Cup went to the evergreen Muarice Kelly (Naas) pictured finishing fourth in the championship following a pair of (+1) 71s.
Strandhill was in tremendous condition and proved a fair but solid test for all just one week before the players move on to compete in the Irish Seniors Close just over the Sligo coastline at Enniscrone Links.